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Dennis Quaid a ball of fire in Lexington where he’s eating barbecue, jamming on stage

Dennis Quaid took a selfie with server Mandy Flaig when he ate at Red State BBQ on Thursday. The actor and musician is in town for Harry Dean Stanton Fest; he and bandmates will perform at The Burl tonight.
Dennis Quaid took a selfie with server Mandy Flaig when he ate at Red State BBQ on Thursday. The actor and musician is in town for Harry Dean Stanton Fest; he and bandmates will perform at The Burl tonight.

Dennis Quaid fans, this will make you feel old: The server at Red State BBQ in Georgetown recognized the movie star and musician from his role in “The Parent Trap.”

“I watched it all the time as a kid,” said Mandy Flaig, 23, of Georgetown. “It came out when I was really little.”

She noticed the Hollywood actor when he came into the barbecue restaurant on Thursday at lunchtime and ordered ribs, and about halfway through the meal worked up the courage to ask his name.

“He said, ‘Dennis,’ and I said, ‘I thought so,’” Flaig said.

She politely asked for a photo with him, and he said sure, and grabbed her cellphone and took a selfie.

“He was very nice and down to earth.”

She certainly didn’t make him yell out inane comments such as “Dennis Quaid is here!” like TV host Ellen DeGeneres famously did for her show.

Red State owner David Carroll posted Flaig’s on the restaurant’s Facebook page and plans to have the photo blown up and hung on the wall.

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Red State BBQ posted the photo with Dennis Quaid on the restaurant’s Facebook page on Thursday after he stopped by for lunch. Facebook

When he heard the news, Carroll said, “I yelled out, ‘I’m done, I retire!’”

“It’s been really fun. It blew my wife’s mind,” Carroll said. “We were talking last night all the way back to ‘Breaking Away,’ all the movies we watched of his over the years.”

Such as “The Big Easy,” or “The Right Stuff,” or “Great Balls of Fire!”

Quaid’s visit ”has been huge,” Carroll said. “It’s probably the biggest thing that’s ever happened to us.”

Quaid is in Lexington for the 8th annual Harry Dean Stanton Fest this weekend. Quaid and Stanton played in a band called the Sharks, along with Los Angeles musician Jamie James.

The Sharks will perform tonight at The Burl; the show is sold out.

Quaid joined James and his other band, Mandeville, onstage at the Green Lantern in a surprise guest appearance on Thursday.

Carroll said that Quaid’s visit isn’t his family’s first connection to the late Stanton, a Kentucky native. Carroll’s mother Mattie Minton, now 77, met Stanton once many years ago.

“She and another girl were babysitting next door to where Harry Dean’s brother, Ralph Stanton lived when Harry Dean came to visit Ralph, but he and his wife were not at home,” Carroll said. “Turns out my uncle and his wife were friends with Ralph as well. Regardless, when Harry Dean went to the door my Mom came out and let him know that his brother and his wife were not at home.

“Mom said Harry Dean was dressed in a real nice suit and he seemed very pleasant. She said was maybe about 8 years old so that would have put Harry Dean around 23 years of age.”

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